Editor’s Note: This article contains major spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.In addition to being Disney+’s first project, Wanda Vision was also the first story where we saw the MCU told specifically through the eyes of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). The war on Thanos took a lot from the Avengers, including the lives of Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff, but one of the most painful deaths just before half the universe was destroyed was that of Vision (Paul Bettany) dead in Avengers: Infinity War.
Not only was this devastating as it completed Thanos’ gauntlet and allowed him to complete his snap, but with all other options to save Vision gone, Wanda had to remove the Mind Stone from Vision’s head herself, effectively killing him, to destroy the stone. It becomes doubly tragic when Thanos arrives moments later and uses the Time Stone to reform the Mind Stone, rendering all of his trauma and sacrifice meaningless. By the time the war is over and the funeral takes place, it’s clear that Wanda isn’t done mourning the loss of Vision.
Overcome with grief Vision, Wanda travels to the town of Westview, New Jersey, where Vision has bought them land to build a house for the two of them, and she inadvertently creates the Hex that traps the town of Westview in the land. television sitcoms. . In addition to changing the town’s appearance, she controlled the minds of its inhabitants and created a new copy of Vision as well as two children, Billy (Julien Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne), from scratch. In the Hex, she and Vision live the life they had originally planned, together in the suburbs, raising their children.
When the Hex was destroyed, this version of Vision was also destroyed. But that’s not the end of the character. Another android was created by SWORD, an organization meant to handle extraterrestrial affairs, to use Vision’s design as a weapon. This version, White Vision, had an encounter with Hex Vision where he received all of the original Vision’s memories. The two discuss Theseus’ ship thought experiment which basically asks if the parts of a ship have all been replaced with new parts, is it still the same ship? Although there is no solid answer to a philosophical question, White Vision left the Hex with the memories of Original Vision.
So… where the hell was White Vision in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? The movie spends a lot of time hammering home the fact that Wanda is a mother who mourns the loss of her sons, but what was the point of Wanda Vision for Wanda if not to heal some of her extreme grief? We already know the pandemic has done some fun things to the pre-planned Phase 4, put everything out of orderbut Wanda Vision was always meant to be a precursor to Multiverse of Madness. So why was White Vision kicked out?
The vision played a central role in the growth of Wanda’s character in Wanda Visiona show where she was ostensibly one of the villains enslaving an entire city, but unknowingly. Multiverse of Madness erases the growth she has seen in this series, throwing her back into the throes of mourning, this time for the death of Billy and Tommy. Multiverse of Madness takes up the same ideas of Wanda Vision with fewer nuances and more brutality. Wanda here has a one-sided mind. In an attempt to show her as one of the most powerful beings in the MCU, the film sacrifices her humanity.
Why doesn’t she seek out a universe where Vision is as alive? In the vast multiverse, surely there is a universe where Vision raises his children alone after the tragic death of a variant of Wanda? Where is the Vision of Earth-838? If Tony and Bruce weren’t there to create it, then did Wanda also create these children out of thin air? It seems incomplete to have a story about Wanda without at least mentioning the connection she had with Vision. There’s barely any mention of him, with one scene being a ruthless line about Wanda not caring about anything, including when she killed Vision, while fighting Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in Kamar-Taj.
Elizabeth Olsen told Collider in an interview that Vision wasn’t there was a mystery, but she came up with her own ideas as to why he wasn’t there. “For some reason he’s not in her world. I’ve always thought of her more like a domestic Wanda. They’re divorced. They’re separated. She’s not wearing a wedding ring for a reason,” said Olsen said. She went on to add, “We liked the idea of her being on her own. The idea is really that the most important thing once you become a mother to the world is your children.”
Erasing Vision’s role in Wanda’s life turns her into a mindless killing machine in the name of motherhood and motherhood alone. The film perverts Vision’s last words, “What is sorrow, but enduring love”, into once again engulfing Wanda in grief and erasing work from the previous series. The decision to lean into Wanda’s pursuit of finding a universe where she could be with her children is then made more obsessive. She is not interested in raising her children and loving them, she is interested in owning them.
It’s easy to shake it all up by saying that Wanda’s corruption of her time with the Darkhold led her to focus on her boys. But from a narrative perspective, the story is weaker for that. Wanda’s grief is not rambling. Her grief over the loss of her sons ties into Vision, as well as the loss of her family and brother. Grieving is not a switch that can be turned on and off, after Wanda Visionthe intention was for Wanda to heal some of her grief, enabling her to move on.
Along with taking a massive step backwards, Vision’s removal leaves plenty of questions from audiences who are committed to consuming the MCU in its entirety. It’s hard to justify Vision’s absence, especially since we know there’s a White Vision floating out there with all the original memories and Hex Vision. Since Wanda is someone he shares a lot of his most meaningful experiences with, why doesn’t he seek her out? As a character who saw unconventional character evolution in Wanda Vision it’s a shame not to have her in a story that focuses, once again, on Wanda’s grief.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.
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